Monday, 08 June 2015
A University of Worcester student says that she is looking forward to developing her ‘creativity and resourcefulness’ after being awarded a university scholarship to undertake a volunteering trip to Bali.
Keziah Coode, aged 20, is in the first year of her Primary Initial Teacher Education degree. Next month, she will travel to the Indonesian island, where she will teach English to children aged 14 and under.
She has been awarded financial assistance by the University’s Scholarship Panel, which benefits students who undertake extra-curricular activities in areas such as sport, music and the arts, as well as volunteering projects.
Keziah, who spent six months of her gap year volunteering in Peru, explains: “I wanted to go to Bali for several reasons. Firstly, because I have never experienced teaching English as a foreign language, and gaining this experience will be really valuable throughout my teaching career.
“This will be my first trip to Indonesia and my first time working in a school outside of the UK. I want to experience teaching in a different culture, and to see how non-UK schools work.”
Keziah believes that the trip will broaden her horizons and give her fresh teaching ideas before she moves into the second year of her undergraduate degree.
“I know from previous travelling experience that visiting a different place, meeting new people and seeing alternative ways of doing things can really open your eyes and broaden your thinking about the methods and systems that we see here,” she explains.
“I know that I will be able to use my experiences as students to help me over there, and in turn bring any new ideas back to my teaching practice in the UK. I will have to use different ways of communicating and I will certainly develop my creativity and resourcefulness.
She adds: “I am extremely grateful to the University for the financial support. Not only has it helped tremendously with funding the trip, but it means a lot that the University is pleased that we are going and can share the experience with us, which will hopefully inspire other students to be brave and volunteer.”